The square shaped fortress-like building that is Africa House has an entrance befitting of an ancient defensive structure. The pair of beautiful wooden North African doors open onto a courtyard at the centre of which is a simple fountain with multiple spouts surrounded by four sections of lawn. This is the heart of the house and along the four edges are the bedrooms and various living spaces. On one side of the quadrangle are two casitas, alcoves with a mattress rested on an untreated wooden frame where guests can lie down out of the sun but still enjoy the beautiful light of the bush without being confined to their room (however attractive these latter are). At the opposite side to the entrance is an undercover space from whose roof hang dinky red oriental lamps above two chunky dark wood tables with carved legs, with a lighter coloured bowl atop each one. Two cream and turquoise chairs with leather seats are pulled up on one side of each table while on the other side are two couches upholstered in faux python leather. There is an open working fireplace with plenty of spare logs at its base while opposite at the other end of the space is a bar/counter under which is a minibar. There is also a barbeque installed for traditional braais while above is a huge gilt mirror alongside some animal watercolours.
Step inside and you'll enter the stunning living room. At the entrance stands a full umbrella stand just before a solid wooden sideboard with Chinese lamps and a beautiful carriage clock below another mirror. Over to the left is the seating area featuring another sideboard with complimentary tipples, leather wing back chairs, a cream sofa, a Chesterfield ottoman with reading material, an elegant occasional table and a fireplace flanked by crammed drinks cabinets and a flatscreen television above. The art (paintings, canvases scrolls), intricately carved furniture and decorative objects scattered around come from all over the world including Ghana and Bali. A dining table for eight people is used to show off more Chinese porcelain while another buffet contains plates, bowls, cups and vases. Then around the corner if the fully-equipped kitchen with all the mod cons where your private chef will prepare your meals (see 'Food and Drink'). Such a complete and tastefully and thoughtfully living space is to be found nowhere else - Kit Kemp would have been proud of this one!
Out the back of the house is the lengthly terrace which boasts a collection of both modern and antique furniture, sun loungers, dining table and most importantly a private swimming pool.
The ensemble of the living areas are without a shadow of doubt the finest we have seen in the South African bush. An air of serenity reigns over the property and when the light falls on both the building itself and the various colours that compose Africa House, it is something to behold. What's more, the service is second to none with up to 10 members of staff available including a host, a chef and waiters.